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ETHEL TIBBITS AWARDS: Linda Reid wins Community Award
First elected as an MLA in 1991, Linda Reid has spent much of the past two decades helping community members and groups achieve their goals.
She became a language therapist, teacher and school administrator at the Richmond School District after graduating from University of B.C., and routinely goes above and beyond to help others.
Also nominated for the Community Award were:
• Ahlay Chin—mental health interpreter who has championed mental health advocacy since 1994 as founder of Chinese Mental Wellness Association of Canada.
• Arlene Kroeker—former food columnist who bridged the gap between Richmond’s eateries and the larger community.
• Bal Sahota—founder of Lasting M.A.G.I.C. which helps provide support for children with a terminally ill parent and creates lasting memories for a child that honours the patient.
• Beverley Drayton—an advocate for immigrants and members of the Caribbean community, she’s a retired nurse who continues to care for people as an active community volunteer.
• Brenda Bartley-Smith—has served on Richmond Nature Park Society’s volunteer board of directors since 1995, and been instrumental in shaping the park’s success and growth.
• Clara Chow—has been helping new immigrants integrate into Canadian society since 2003 as a member of the Richmond Chinese Community Society.
• Debbie Tobin—a dedicated elementary school teacher who is a leader in fundraising for artistic causes, she founded and serves as artistic director of Richmond’s Children’s Arts Festival.
• Janet Betteridge—a Zumba instructor at local community centres who has attracted the attention and affection of students and staff, with her enthusiasm and dedication to fitness and health.
• Lois Hourston—a communications specialist who exudes positive energy, and motivates those people she works with, helping them to forge community connections.
• Louise Young—she began volunteering in 1977 and has been instrumental in raising funds for the construction of Richmond Caring Place.
• Mary Nedelak—a volunteer with the Richmond Carefree Society for 40 years, she helps special needs children and has taken on other roles with the society, including treasurer and a member of the board of directors.
• May Ho—has supported many charitable organizations through her business and has helped raise more than $300,000 for local charities.
• Melissa Hance—a volunteer with Dreams Take Flight charity, she was the driving force behind last year’s effort to bring 125 sick and underprivileged kids on a day-trip to Disneyland.
• Zoe Lee—taught nearly 375 students to knit at Tomekichi Homma, and introduced school’s fruit and vegetable nutritional program.